NACCHO's HIV and STI Prevention program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to prevent, control, and manage HIV and other STIs in their communities. NACCHO supports LHD HIV and STI prevention efforts by providing technical and capacity building assistance, developing and disseminating tools and resources, facilitating peer information exchange, and providing learning opportunities. Additionally, NACCHO advocates for science and evidence-based HIV and STI-related policies and the necessary federal funding to sustain and enhance HIV and STI prevention, control, care and treatment, and research.
NACCHO’s HIV/STI Prevention Workgroup (HSPW) provides guidance to NACCHO’s HIV and STI prevention program. Additionally, the HSPW promotes the role of LHDs in HIV/STI prevention activities by providing expert advice, sharing examples of successful local practices, and making policy recommendations.
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy Initiative
The goal of NACCHO's HIV/AIDS Prevention and Policy Initiative is to increase the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to prevent HIV in their communities and to support information exchange between LHDs and partners at the national, state, and local levels. Through this project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, NACCHO disseminates tools, resources, and other information to support LHD HIV prevention activities; identifies and shares examples of effective LHD HIV prevention practices and policies; facilitates information exchange and partnership development between LHDs and their partners at the national, state, and local levels; and coordinates NACCHO's HIV/STI Prevention Sentinel Network, a group of 90 LHD HIV/STI prevention staff that respond to queries about HIV-related issues to provide situational awareness.
Local Health Department STD Prevention and Infrastructure Project
The goal of NACCHO's Local Health Department STD Prevention and Infrastructure project is to increase the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to prevent and control sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs) in their communities. The project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), is composed of two key components: (1) coordinating, supporting, and advancing the CDC/DSTDP National Partners Collaborative on Public Health and Primary Care Integration for STD Prevention (National Partners Collaborative); and (2) conducting, in conjunction with DSTDP and external research organizations, surveys to assess STD prevention, care, and treatment activities and infrastructure in the United States.
To learn more about the National Partners Collaborative, click here for a summary of a meeting convened by the National Partners Collaborative in August 2013. Meeting participants included 45 state and local public health and primary care leaders. The purpose of the meeting was to identify, discuss, and examine strategies for integrating public health and primary care in the STD prevention setting.
PrEP and Comprehensive HIV Prevention: An Educational Program for Local Health Departments and their Partners
The goal of NACCHO's Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Comprehensive HIV Prevention project is to increase awareness and knowledge about the role of PrEP in comprehensive HIV prevention programs. To achieve this goal, NACCHO is developing a multi-component educational program for local health departments and their partners in HIV prevention. This project is made possible through the support of Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Adolescent HIV, other STIs, and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention
NACCHO worked with CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to increase the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to implement and maintain effective policies and systems to improve the sexual health of students and prevent HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy. Through this project, NACCHO worked closely with the education agencies and their health department and community partners in Palm Beach County, Florida and Houston, Texas to develop action plans to address adolescent sexual health in their jurisdictions. Additionally, NACCHO collaborated with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, who was also funded by DASH, to establish the Building Bridges for Adolescent Sexual Health through State-Local Collaboration (Building Bridges) project. The goal of the project was to build and enhance collaboration among state and local health and education agencies and their partners to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents. The project was launched in March 2012 with the health and education agencies in Texas and Houston. Project activities focused on supporting the structure and function of school health advisory councils (SHACs) to improve health and educational outcomes for adolescents in Texas. In January 2013, the Building Bridges project delivered a webinar on SHACs, titled "School Health Advisory Councils: National, State, and Local Perspectives on the Value of SHACs for Supporting Children and Adolescents." The archived webinar can be accessed here.
Through a previous cooperative agreement with DASH, NACCHO implemented a demonstration site project to build the capacity of local education and health agencies to prevent adolescent HIV, other STIs, and unintended pregnancy in their communities. To learn more about NACCHO's Adolescent HIV/STI and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Demonstration Sites Project, click here.
Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) Certification Project
NACCHO worked with the CDC's Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) to assess and evaluate the feasibility of a national standardized certification program for Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS). DIS are public health workers who locate and counsel individuals with sexually transmitted diseases and perform anonymous partner notification for their contacts and associates at risk for infection. They are a flexible workforce with a vital set of skills that can also be utilized during public health emergencies. NACCHO, advised by the input of field staff and collaborative partner agencies, defined DIS professional capabilities, explored the current landscape of available trainings for DIS, and provided recommendations for the creation of a national certification program for DIS.